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Valley of Flowers - A Trek To Paradise

  • Region : Chamoli, Uttarakhand
  • Duration : 6 Days
  • Distance : 37km
  • Altitude : 14,100 ft.
  • Grade : Easy

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Overview

The most beautiful of all Himalayan flowers, the blue Primula can be seen blooming in thousands in the valley. The best time to see the valley in full bloom is from mid-July to mid-August. To reach the valley one has to trek from Govind Ghat, on the route to Hemkund Sahib, up to Ghangaria, 12 km ahead. Few furlongs ahead of Ghangaria the trek route to the valley takes a detour towards left. The valley is about 5 km from Ghangaria. The high altitude serine lake, known as Hemkund ( 4329 mts.) lies in heavenly environs. A steep trek from Ghangharia leads one to this spot in about four to six hours. It is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Sikhs, as well as for people from other faiths. There is a Sikh Gurudwara and a Lakshman temple built on the bank of the lake. Encircled by seven snow-clad peaks and their associated glaciers, it reflects its surroundings enchantingly on its crystal clear serene waters. The glaciers from Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks feed the lake and a small stream called Himganga flows out of this lake. As alluded to, in the holy Granth Sahib, Guru Govind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikh faith had meditated on the bank of this lake in one of his earlier births. It is widely believed among Sikhs that Guru Govind Singh introduced the features now universally associated with Sikhism. On 15th April 1699, he started the new brotherhood called the Khalsa (meaning the pure, from the Persian word Khales) an inner core of the faithful, accepted by baptism (Amrit). The five K date from this period: kesh (uncut hair) kangha (comb), kirpan (dagger or short sword), Kara (steel bangle), and kachh (boxer shorts).

  • Distance- 290 km, Altitude 6000 ft
  • Driving Time-10-11 hours
  • Altitude- 6,700 ft.
  • Last ATM point available in Joshimath
  • Market available in Joshimath
  • Networks available all along the way
  • Guest house stay
Govind Ghat is a pilgrim spot which is visited by a lot of visitors and also the base of Valley of flower and Hemkund Sahib, After long day drive from Haridwar this will be a perfect resting place. On your arrival at Govindghat in the evening, Our Trek Leader will meet you at Govidghat Guest house and brief you about the next day.
Note: The transportation to and fro Govindghat can be arranged on request if needed. Transport will be arranged from Haridwar Railway Station at 6:00 AM and the booking charge is Rs. 7000 for Tata Sumo/Bolero/Max (NON-AC) and Rs. 10000 for a Tempo Traveller (NON-AC) and payable in cash to the driver directly.
  • 4 km 20 minutes, Govindghat to Pulna (6,800 ft)
  • 9 km 4 hours, Pulna to Ghangharia (9,800 ft)
  • Gradual ascent on a stone-paved path, all the way along the river
  • Water is available along the route
  • Packed lunch will be given
  • Mule and porter facility is available from Pulna
  • BSNL network available at Ghangaria
  • Helicopter service available from Govind ghat to Ghangaria and fro
  • Stay in guest house
  • Note worthy Site: Govinddham Gurduwara, Govindghat; Hemkund Gurduwara base, Ghangharia; Valley of Flowers Information Center; Ghangharia

After having your breakfast at Govindghat well be heading to Pulna which is only 4 km away from where the trek begins and ponies and porters for the trek ahead are arranged here. The trek beyond Pulna is along the river-Laxman Ganga and between the green rocky mountains occasionally peep majestic snow-clad peaks from the side of the valley. This trekking trail is full of sights of waterfalls and cold water streams. After crossing Iron bridge the trail becomes steeper and harder but all will be forgotten as one imbibes the vision of beauty and divinity that spreads around you.

  • Altitude- 11,500 ft.
  • Distance- 4 km, each way
  • Trek Time- 7 hours
  • The Valley is 6-7 km long, ends with a glacier
  • Mixed incline till the valley followed by level walk on grassland
  • Can refill water bottles from streams on the way
  • Prominent flowers:- Blue Poppy, Snake Foil, White Leaf Hog Foot, Himalayan Rose, Meadow Geranium, Dog Flower, Hooked Stick Seed, and River Anemone
  • Packed lunch will be given, no food available in the valley
  • Camping inside the valley is not allowed, cant stay after sunset
  • Night stay in Guest house

Ghangaria is a base camp for both Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. Today youll be visiting Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara which is the worlds highest Gurudwara, situated at an altitude of 4,329 mt. We will be visiting the Gurudwara and coming back to Ghangaria. The estimated time both ways is 9-10 hours. Its important to carry sufficient water on the trail. There is a steep ascent for 4 hours to reach Hemkund Sahib which will require some efforts to push your body. Well start the day early in the morning so that we are able to make it back on time, keeping in mind if the weather plays a spoilsport. Two hours into the trek, once you are higher than the tree line, youll get a panoramic view of the mountain range that surrounds this beautiful trek. You will also come across a melting glacier which has been frozen for a while now. Its crucial that you maintain a standard speed while walking, going too fast will affect your breathing as you gain higher altitude. After reaching the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, youll be able to spot the lake that which lies behind it which is frozen for almost half the year. Hot chai and Khichadi is served at the Gurudwara which will re-energize your senses. Indulge in harmony that surrounds this place which has such positive vibes. Youll also be able to spot Brahma Kamal that grows at such high altitudes. After clicking pictures and well be heading down to Ghangria which is a 4-5 hour walk.

  • Altitude- 14,100 ft.
  • Distance- 5.5 km, each way
  • Trek Time- 7 hours
  • Gradual and steep mixed ascent on a stair welled stone-paved path
  • Mule ride service is available till Hemkund Sahib
  • Can refill water from road side dhabas
  • Hot lunch at Gurduwara langar
  • Brahma Kamal, Himalayan blue poppy can be seen on the way to Hemkund Sahib
  • Night stay in Guest house

Well be starting at 6 in the morning. Packed lunch will be carried along. After buying the tickets, well be walking inside the gate that leads us to Valley of Flowers trail. Walking for an hour or so youll be amazed to see tall rocky mountains staring at you from a distance. You will also spot a scenic bridge across a stream which makes a beautiful setting. Colourful flowers here and there with thin patches of snow make it a sight to behold. After a couple of hours, you will be thrilled by the beauty which surrounds you on the trail, welcoming you is a carpet of green, yellow, red and blue flowers. With the sun shining above, it makes the entire valley glow like paradise. Indeed, the valley is a dreamland for a flower lover. Various species of flowers surround you from all four sides and youll be treated with a mesmerizing scent that is let out, covering the valley for more than 5kms. The flowers that youll come across are Himalayan Rose, Blue Poppy, Hooked Stick Seed, River Anemone and many more. Youll be taken aback after witnessing so much beauty around you that that valley has to offer.

  • Distance to Govind Ghat- 13 km
  • Trek Time-5 hours
  • Driving Time- 20 mins
  • Packed lunch
  • Guest house stay

After the overnight stay at Ghangria, well be heading back to Govindghat, the expected arrival time is 2 PM. If you want to visit Badrinath temple then make plan based on road and weather condition. Furthermore, Share/Private cabs are easily available for Badrinath Temple it is 25 km away and took 1 hrs to reach but you must know that Govindghat-Badrinath route is quite sensitive in the rainy season and often get closed for hrs or days.

  • After Morning Tea/Coffee, Depart to home.

After having your morning tea/coffee you can leave for your next destination. We advise you to keep one buffer day in your itinerary so that you can avoid missing train or flight if you get delayed in your way back due to any reason.

By Air :-
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun
By Train :-
Take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi
  • Nandadevi Express - Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival - 5:40am)
  • Dehradun Express - Train no: 12687 (Departure - 9:10pm; Arrival - 5:00am)
By Bus:-
There is regular bus service from Delhi to Dehradun, from Delhi?s ISBT Kashmere Gate.
We would suggest you to take only government buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses ply from outside ISBT and they are not trust worthiness.
Usually buses drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun Railway Station
  • Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from Dehradun Railway Station at 6:00am.
  • Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek
  • You will reach Sankri by 5:00 pm
  • Food from dehradun to Sankri is not included in the trek cost
Inclusions :-
  1. Accommodation. (Home stay, Camping)
  2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
  3. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
  4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
  5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
  6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
  7. Transport from Dehradun to Sankri and retorn (According to itinerary)
  8. Mules to carry the central luggage
 
Exclusions :-
  1. Any kind of personal expenses.
  2. Food during the transit.
  3. Insurance.
  4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
  6. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
Note : Normally THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Sankri
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.
Basics Gear
Back pack & rain cover (50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover 20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stick Advisable (At least one)
Head torch 1 Nos.
Water bottle/Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each
  People who use hydration pack
  1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter
  Carry at least one thermos flask
Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
Personal Medical Kit Consult your doctor
Be comfy at the Valley of Flowers
T-shirts 2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts 1 Nos.
Fleece jacket 1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket 1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant) 1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower) 1 Pair
Trek pants 2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Poncho 1 Nos.
Think about your head
Sun cap 1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap 1 Nos.
Balaclava 1 Nos.
Neck-gaiters 1 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
        People who wear spectacles- 
  (A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek)
  (B)- Photo chromatic glasses. 
Mind your step
Trekking shoes 1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops 1 Pair (Optional)
Cotton socks 5 pairs
Woollen socks 3 pairs
Gaiters 1 Pair (The Crazy Mountaineers team will notify you if required)
Keep these handy
Waterproof gloves 1 Pair
Fleece/woollen gloves 1 Pair
Personal Utilities
Sunscreen cream Hand sanitizer
Moisturiser Antibacterial powder
Toilet Paper & wipes Toothbrush and toothpaste
Lip balm Quick dry towe
In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -

Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek

Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund (Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek

Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek

Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.

Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek

Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.

Note:-

  1. Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
  2. In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS.
  3. THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

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